10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Spring

The National Association of Home Builders has put together their top 10 tips to prepare your home for spring after a severe winter, like the one we recently experienced. The excerpt below is borrowed from the NAHB's publication, with additional commentary and tips from your friends at Mobile Lumber. 

April 21, 2014 – As much of the United States recovers from one of the harshest winters in recent history, it is important to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance, repair and remodeling projects. Winter weather can be particularly damaging to a home and these tips from NAHB Remodelers can return your home to top condition after the severe winter. “Winter weather can damage homes in ways that aren’t easily visible,” said NAHB Remodelers Chair Paul Sullivan. “Home owners should protect their investment and hire a professional remodeler to repair or replace damaged components now, before spring storms create more problems.” 

NAHB Remodelers recommends these top 10 tips for home owners to inspect for damage and make sure your home is ready for spring from top to bottom:

  1. Inspect roof— Check your roof for loose, warped or missing shingles and make sure the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact. Need assistance? Ask us for a referral. We have many customers who are expert contractors and handymen that we can easily recommend. 
  2. Clean and repair gutters— Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts, and check that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water into your home and damage trim.
  3. Look for leaks— Common culprits for hard-to-find leaks are attics, crawl spaces and washing machine hoses. Inspect these areas, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes and check your water heater for signs of corrosion.
  4. Clear exterior drains— Remove leaves from underground or exterior drains to clear the way for spring showers and prevent backups.
  5. Inspect siding— Inspect siding for pieces that have come loose during winter storms.
  6. Check window and door seals— Examine the exterior caulking on door and window seals to ensure it remains watertight.
  7. Patch cracks— Patch cracks in concrete driveways, sidewalks and steps to keep water out and prevent further expansion. You can find crack filler in our retail stores or shop online and have it shipped to our store (for free!) for you to pick up at your convenience. 
  8. Paint the exterior— Painting or touching up paint on the exterior of your home not only makes it look better, but will also help protect the home from the elements. We sell and mix interior and exterior paint at our Mobile and Grand Bay Lumber stores, or you can choose from virtually limitless options online and have it shipped for free from our warehouse. 
  9. Inspect the HVAC— Hire a qualified technician to service your home’s HVAC system to make sure it is running properly before hot temperatures call for air conditioning. Now is also the time to replace your HVAC filters. We keep AC filters in stock at our Grand Bay and Mobile stores for your convenience. If we don't have the odd size you're looking for, we're sure to have it in our warehouse for you to purchase online. 
  10. Check your home’s grading— Ensure the grading of your yard slopes away from your home’s foundation to keep excess moisture at bay.

Don’t wait to inspect your home and get damage fixed. Many professional remodelers not only renovate homes; they repair or replace damaged or deteriorating roofs, windows, doors and other home features. Remodeling and repair projects can require your home to be open to the elements and companies may have a backlog of work due to the length and severity of the winter season. Choose your repair and renovation projects for the year ahead and start planning now. 

And don't forget to ask us for a referral! Some of the very best contractors, remodelers and handymen on the Gulf Coast buy their supplies from Mobile Lumber and we'd be thrilled to recommend them to you. 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Aiyydee wrote:
c5e5e5e5e5, se5 nydelig! De heter vel ikke snf8klokker uten grunn! Et knrlblaa bilde .... ikke minst forteller det meg at naturen er vidunderlig! Her ligger det masser av snf8 rundt huset. Men helt inne langs ytterveggen pe5 solsiden av huset, er det bart. Og jammen, der ste5r bittesme5 stemorsblomster i knopp! Gjett om jeg ble glad?Ha en god kveld!Irene

Tue, September 23, 2014 @ 3:40 AM

2. Addie Ross wrote:
Spring is right around the corner, I found this at the perfect time. One that really stuck out to me was 6, "Check window and door seals". I can't think of the last time I checked them, and that needs to get done as soon as possible.

Wed, July 8, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

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